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     Scientists are often perplexed by the political nature of the climate change debate. After all, whether or not people accept the evidence supporting the existence of climate change has nothing to do with politics-it has to do with whether or not people accept scientific evidence.

     However, the truly political question-what should we do about climate change?-may be too contentious a topic when we consider the psychological need for consistency between our social and political…

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Resisting the Marshmellow: Community Psychology & Willpower

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Though most famous for the Stanford Prison Experiment, social psychologist Philip Zimbardo was for a while more interested in talking about a much gentler-sounding (though similarly cruel) study: the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment.

In the marshmallow experiment, 4-year olds were presented with the choice of eating one treat (e.g. a marshmallow) immediately or waiting and getting two treats. Years later, those who had delayed gratification had a host of better outcomes, including…

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Lets Talk About Sex...Education

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Danielle Gemmel of Planned Parenthood in New Jersey talks about the necessity of sex education.

Young people are having sex. Now, this may not come as news to most people in 2011, but many still ignore this concept when it comes to discussing it with youth. And who can blame them? It can be tough to talk about sex and sexuality with a teen or young adult. For some people it may feel dirty, wrong, uncomfortable, or unnecessary; I'm writing to state that in terms of community well-being, it is beyond necessary. So let's talk "dirty" for a moment.

 

You might ask, "How does this relate to…

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